Breed Show 2021 Update
We are pleased to announce that this year’s breed show has been rescheduled and will be held at Telford on the weekend of 24th to 26th September. This was the weekend of the Southern Limited Show and an alternative date for this event is currently being looked into.
We appreciate that we are in very uncertain times and hope that we will be able to hold a breed show this year but will update as more information becomes available.
The hotel has moved any existing reservations made for April to this new date and should have been in contact with those concerned by now, if you have not heard anything please contact the hotel directly.
Health Rehoming & Rescue Fund Raising
As advertised in the Winter edition of the Newsletter, we will be holding fundraising auctions via the Club Facebook page . All monies received will go directly to the health and rehoming of Deerhounds. The first item in the auction is a series of Crealock prints very kindly donated by Dr Sarah Helps. The prints will be auctioned individually, with a reserve/starting bid of £25 each. The auction will start in February, the first print on the auction will be ‘Sandy and the dogs defeated’. To take part, just place your bid in the comments section the winning bid will be the final one noted when the auction closes. Payment will be required prior to posting, the cost of which is payable by the winning bidder. Payment will be via Paypal or BACs. This will be followed by another auction ….. and so on. Happy bidding!
As you will have seen from the Winter edition of the Newsletter, we are looking at producing a tea towel, design to include kennel affixes past and present. In order to proceed with this idea, we need the support of Club members UK and overseas – we have received some responses to date, but would like to include as many members’ kennels as possible. To have your affix displayed, we are asking for a contribution of £20. At this point we are estimating that each tea towel will sell at £5-£6, dependent on number ordered. If you are interested, can you please let me know via email firstname.lastname@example.org , together with an estimate of how many towels you may wish to purchase. No money required at this point, as soon as we have collated all the responses, I will be in touch re payment. Please note this opportunity is available to Club members only.
As the subject heading refers, all monies raised will go to the Deerhound Health Rehoming & Rescue Fund, which as you know is reliant on contributions. If you know of any members who are not on email, can you please make them aware of this opportunity.
International Canine Health Award
Launched at Crufts in 2012, the International Canine Health Awards were developed to recognise and reward innovative researchers, veterinary scientists and students who are significantly impacting the health and well-being of dogs. Nominations for the awards were judged by a distinguished international panel of influential veterinarians and scientific researchers.
Dr Sarah Helps, awarded £1,000 for the Breed Health Co-ordinator Award – The recipient of the International Canine Health Award’s Breed Health Coordinator of the Year was recognised for her dedication and commitment to improving the health of the Deerhound, a breed she has been involved with for over 40 years. Her passion for the breed has seen her support veterinary research into dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in order to improve understanding, early diagnosis and prevention, and she initiated a longitudinal study into the prevalence of DCM in UK Deerhounds in 2015.
As part of this study, 99 Deerhounds were scanned and are being monitored throughout their lives, with the results of the study currently undergoing peer-review, in order to potentially form an official basis for future breed screening of Deerhounds. Early diagnosis means that treatment for heart disease can be started early, as well as enabling affected Deerhounds to be screened prior to breeding.
The money from the award will help to resource a geneticist and technician for further DNA development, as well as potentially subsidising further heart testing at future shows.
After receiving the award, Sarah said: “I am really excited to win this prestigious award. It is immensely satisfying after the years of hard work put in by me and my colleagues in the Deerhound Health Group, especially Emily Dutton, RCVS-recognised specialist in Cardiology who has been so helpful with our research.
“I very quickly fell in love with Deerhounds over 40 years ago because of their extraordinary grace and beauty, combined with great power and speed and their most generous loyal character. I feel particularly proud to have coordinated and assisted in the completion of the research project into heart disease affecting this wonderful breed, alongside Emily Dutton, and identifying the echocardiographic measurements in the Deerhound. The project has very much been a team effort and without the support of Deerhound owners, donations from the Deerhound Club and Bev Doyle, this heart study would never have been possible.”
Huge congratulations to Sarah and many thanks for all her efforts and hard work over the years.
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